Feel the wind in your hair
As the source and sustainer of life water is an important element. There are myriad opportunities to explore the water - from a neighbourhood creek to the mighty ocean. Because water is everywhere. it is easy to engage in sustained learning about the water cycle, water-based ecosystems and even water in myth with your kids
Engaging with nature and participating in fun learning activities doesn't have to take you far from home. Whether you are a homebody or just want to relax between big adventures, the backyard offers many opportunities to do some hands on learning and commune with nature.
Whether you are heading out on a challenging trek or just a quick walk in the woods, hiking is a great opportunity to commune with nature. The magic that happens on the trail is all about being present to your surroundings and connecting with a place on a variety of levels.
Public gardens can be wonderlands of ponds, waterfalls and flowerbeds beyond what even the most talented gardeners can create at home. They provide beautiful, calm getaways for the whole family to enjoy. They are also important preserves of nature for apartment dwellers and others who do not have easy access to their own outdoor space.
Growing a garden is a magical, hands-on way to experience nature. Even if you don't have room for a large garden try a small raised bed or some pots of vegetables and herbs on your balcony. Most kids are fascinated by growing plants and love the chance gardening offers to get their hands dirty and play with creepy crawlies.
Local parks can range from manicured gardens to intense wilderness areas in the city. They offer chances to gather with others as well as to explore the outdoors. While many people take advantage of parks in the summer do not forget to visit park areas in your community during the colder months as well.